ARVADA — Just when it appeared Evergreen was going to make a game of it, Columbine stepped on the accelerator and never slowed down.
Utilizing their superior speed, the Rebels rattled off seven straight goals in the second half, turning a four-goal advantage into an 11-goal rout at the North Area Athletic Complex.
The 15-4 pasting of the Cougars bumped Columbine’s record in Class 5A Jefferson County League play to 6-2 (8-5 overall), while keeping the Cougars winless. Evergreen, though, would notch its first league win a day later, topping Green Mountain 12-3.
“We had to be careful (against Evergreen), because you can get lazy against a team like that,” said Columbine’s Sonorah Vinyard, who scored three goals with an assist. “It was very important for us to get out to the kind of start that we did.”
That start was lightning-quick, as Columbine rattled off four goals in the game’s opening five minutes. The Rebels scored the game’s first six goals before the Cougars finally found the back of the net.
Evergreen’s defenders offered up little resistance early, allowing Rebel attackers a clear path to the goal. The Cougars finally tightened the hatches and began to mount a counterattack.
Evergreen scored the final goal of the first half and the first goal of the second half to draw within four at 7-3.
“I think we let up a little bit,” said Maddie Tedford, who scored three goals with two assists. “Things maybe came a bit too easy for us early in the game. We just needed to keep going.”
Go they did, as after the wraparound goal by Evergreen’s Lindsey Sadler, Columbine worked quickly to regain some breathing room.
Jordan Dierkins started the Columbine run with a goal from the free position. Christen Neugebauer scored the second of her three goals off an assist from Tedford and the two switched roles on Columbine’s next goal, making the score 10-3 at the 17:42 mark.
The Rebels would net four more goals over the next 2 minutes, 43 seconds to go up 14-3.
“We answered their run, and that was big for us,” Vinyard said. “We needed to pick up the intensity once they got back into the game and we did that.”
Scoring: Columbine: Sonorah Vinyard 3 goals, 1 assist; Maddie Tedford 3-2, Adriana Adams 2-1, Annie Larson 1-1, Alex Dahlin 1-1, Christen Neugebauer 3-1, Kacey Keogh 0-1, Jordan Dierkins 1-1, Rachel Pagliarini 1-0. Evergreen: Paige Robertson 1-0, Kimmy Baroch 1-0, Cath Philbin 0-1, Alex Kloos 1-0, Lindsey Sadler 1-0. Saves: Columbine: Chelsea Vinyard 3-4—7. Evergreen: Rachel Pickett 2-5—7. Yellow card: Haley Tremaine (Evergreen).